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Can’t Miss Diagnoses – Necrotizing Fasciitis

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the risk factors and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis
  • Interpret lab findings to diagnose necrotizing fasciitis
  • Treat necrotizing fasciitis appropriately (antibiotics and surgical management)
  • Summarize the mortality rate of patients with necrotizing fasciitis

Course Description

This course teaches the signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis as well as the appropriate emergency management to achieve the best outcomes.

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of Dr. Per Danielsson, who is a board-certified internist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. In his Can’t Miss Diagnoses courses, Dr. Danielsson shares his deep expertise in identifying endangered patients, treating underlying causes, and responding to challenging cases by navigating through a variety of therapy options. Good outcomes in these cases require swift, well-informed diagnosis and treatment.

Did You Know...

  • Only 15–34% of patients with NF receive an accurate admitting diagnosis
  • 1/3 of patients with NF die
  • NF is occurring more frequently due to the increase in immunocompromised patients with diabetes, cancer, transplants, HIV, and neutropenia

Course at a Glance

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20–30 Minutes

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Swedish Medical Center

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